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. The badly-struggling Phillies will be counting on another gem from their ace pitcher when the two-time reigning National League champions return to Citizens Bank Park for tonights opener of a four-game series with the surprising San Diego Padres. Robert Griffin III JerseyORCHARD PARK, N. Michael Irvin Jersey .Y. -- Yes, Vince Young is comfortable with his role in Buffalo as Ryan Fitzpatricks backup. And no, he wont be throwing out any "Dream Team" labels regarding the Bills. Young learned that lesson the hard way in Philadelphia last season, when he was constantly reminded of using the term after the Eagles got off to a dreadful start and missed the playoffs. "I wouldnt definitely want to make that comment again," Young said, shaking his head with a laugh on Tuesday in his first appearance with reporters since the free agent signed a one-year contract with the Bills. "It was definitely blown out of proportion." That doesnt mean Young isnt impressed with the talent Buffalo has added this off-season in a bid to become a contender and end a 12-year playoff drought. One addition the former Titans quarterback is very familiar with from his AFC South playing days is defensive end Mario Williams, the former Houston star pass-rusher. And Youngs eager to serve in whatever capacity -- backup, starter, wildcat specialist -- to help his new team succeed in opening the latest chapter of whats been an up-and-down six-year career. "Its a great opportunity to be here," Young said. "All you can do is come in and work. This league is crazy from injuries, all kind of things. Im not wishing that on (Fitzpatrick). Hes our starting quarterback and Im behind him 100 per cent." Young, who turns 29 on Friday, spoke a day after he arrived in Buffalo, and a little after he held his first on-field workout. Sipping from a water bottle and dressed in a Bills red T-shirt, blue shorts and wearing a white team hat, Young said he signed with Buffalo because of the opportunity to play under an offensive-minded head coach in Chan Gailey. He said hes also familiar with the teams first-year quarterbacks coach David Lee, who recruited Young to play at Arkansas. Young instead chose to play at Texas, where he became a Heisman Trophy finalist in leading the Longhorns to a win the national championship in 2006. Selected with the No. 3 pick by the Titans, Young made an immediate impact in being named the NFLs 2006 offensive rookie of the year. His career, however, has taken several turns and hes now on his third team in as many seasons after completing a one-year contract with the Eagles. Young said hes not concerned about having to prove himself again with another one-year deal. "The biggest thing is its not about me. Its not about me at all. Its where I can go in and help," he said. "If its one-year deals, its an opportunity to play the game that I love, so thats my biggest thing." Young struggled last season, finishing with four touchdowns and nine interceptions in six games, and was sacked eight times in six games, including three starts. Overall, hes put up inconsistent numbers. Though he has 46 touchdowns passing and 12 rushing, Young has also thrown 51 interceptions and lost 12 fumbles. Known for his running ability, Young said hes still making the transition into a complete quarterback by learning how to stay in the pocket. The Bills have made it clear that Fitzpatrick is their starter heading into the season, and that Young will compete with returning backup Tyler Thigpen for the No. 2 job. Youngs fine with that, and said he started to become accustomed to the role after backing up Michael Vick last season. Young also said hes become better accustomed to deal with the criticism hes drawn, much of it coming during his five years at Tennessee where he lost the starting job on several occasions. "I just use it as motivation to silence my doubters. I have a huge doubter base," he said. "My biggest thing is not feeding into that. You cant make everybody happy."Reggie White Packers Jersey . -- Tiger Woods insists he is close to contending on a weekly basis, even if recent results suggest otherwise. Miles Austin Womens Jersey . The German trio of Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen and Stuttgart also secured spots in Fridays draw, but Celtic, Galatasaray, Fenerbahce, Feyenoord and Aston Villa were all eliminated. Tyron Smith Youth Jersey . - Back from injury, Dan Cleary has lined with up with Pavel Datsyuk and Marian Hossa on Detroits No. 1 line. - With Nathan Horton sidelined, the Panthers moved rookie Michael Frolik onto the top line with Stephen Weiss and David Booth. Devin Hester Jersey . The Goldeyes have activated outfield/catcher Kyle Day, who hasnt played since May 20 due to a pulled hamstring, from the disabled list and signed left-handed rookie pitcher Rich Hawkins. Kevin Ogletree Nike Jersey . -- A favourable bounce and a timely goal have put the Edmonton Oil Kings back in the thick of the Western Hockey League final.SILVIS, Ill. -- Troy Matteson scored 10 birdies Thursday en route to a bogey-free round of 10-under 61 for a three-stroke stroke lead after one round of the John Deere Classic. Matteson, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour, birdied five holes on each nine of the TPC Deere Run to surpass the 7-under 64 of second place Ricky Barnes. Matteson started by making birdies on three of his first four holes and ffinished with birdies on four of his first five. Charles Woodson Jersey. He nearly holed out from a bunker on the par-4 ninth for a 60, but settled for par. Barnes, out in the second group of the day, birdied all three par-5s and two of the four par-3s. The Canadian contingent is well back. Matt McQuillan of Kingston, Ont., shot a 2-over 73. David Hearn on Brantford, Ont., is another shot back. ' ' '